Gerhardie, William (Alexander) (1895–1977)
Famous British novelist who was also intensely preoccupied
with the paranormal. He was born William Gerhardi, on November
21, 1895, in St. Petersburg, Russia, of British subjects.
He was educated in St. Petersburg (1900–13), Kensington College,
London (1913–16), and Worcester College, Oxford (M.A.,
B. Litt.). He added an e to his name in 1971.
His novels include Futility (1922), The Polyglots (1925), Pending
Heaven (1930), Resurrection (1934), Of Mortal Love (1937),
My Wife’s the Least of It (1938), and This Present Breath (4 vols.,
1975). He also wrote several plays as well as volumes of short
stories and miscellaneous literature. A gifted author, he was
awarded an Order of the British Empire and an Order of St.
Stanislas of Russia.
An acute observer of the tragedy and comedy of human intercourse,
Gerhardie gave little hint in his books of his profound
interest in psychic manifestations, extrasensory perception,
bilocation, synchronicity, time anomalies, and other
aspects of the paranormal. Only a few friends were aware of
such preoccupations, and since Gerhardie lived a hermitlike
existence, seldom leaving his London apartment, he held long
telephone conversations with his friends on a wide range of
anomalous topics.
His novel Resurrection relates his own out-of-the-body travel
experience, which must have had a profound effect on his philosophy
of life and death. He died July 15, 1977.
Sources
Gerhardie, William A. Memoirs of a Polyglot. London Macdonald,
1973.
———. The Memoirs of Satan. Garden City, N.Y. Doubleday,
Doran, 1933.
———. Resurrection. London Macdonald, 1973.George, Demetra (1946– )
Demetra George, a popular contemporary astrologer, has
become well known for promoting consideration of the role of
asteroids in the interpretation of the horoscope, and for her integration
of goddess mythology to illuminate the life of her clients.
She was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 25, 1946. She
attended Randolph-Macon Women’s College but completed
her B.A. degree in philosophy at the State University of New
York’s campus at New Platz. Through the 1960s she studied astrology
with a variety of teachers, including Zipporah Dobyns.
She became a professional astrologer in the early 1970s and an
active member of the Association for Astrological Networking
and the National Council for Geocosmic Research (NCGR).
George started her career in astrology just as interest in asteroids,
especially the four largest—Ceres, Pallas, Juno, and
Vesta—was on the rise, and one of her teachers, Dobyns, was
in the forefront of promoting that interest. George found the
inclusion of the asteroids a meaningful addition to her perspective
on horoscope charts. She eventually became president of
the Asteroid Special Interest Group of the NCGR, and in 1986
she and Douglas Bloch completed their groundbreaking study,
Asteroid Goddesses The Mythology, Psychology, and Astrology of the
Reemerging Feminine. To provide additional content, George
did not merely supply characteristics of the several asteroids as
had been assigned to the standard planets, but proposed an additional
principle. She asserted that when a planet or asteroid
holds a particularly prominent place in one’s birth chart, the
mythological story of the god or goddess for whom the planet
or asteroid is named is especially relevant to the individual.
While most of the planets (except for Venus) are named for ancient
Pagan deities, the prominent asteroids are named for female
deities.
George currently resides in Oregon. She lectures before astrological
groups internationally and regularly addresses national
and regional astrological conventions.
Sources
George, Demetra. Mysteries of the Dark Moon The Healing
Power of the Dark Goddess. San Francisco Harper, 1992.
———, and Douglas Bloch. Asteroid Goddesses The Mythology,
Psychology, and Astrology of the Reemerging Feminine. 1986. 2nd
ed., San Diego Astro Computing Services, 1990.
———. Astrology for Yourself A Workbook for Personal Transformation.
Berkeley Wingbow Press, 1987.